It's just so nice to come on here and tell it like it really is...not having to down play or pretend about the level of pain and disability we are experiencing because we know what each of us is really saying. Because this is often a hidden disease non-afflicted people cannot possibly understand the level of pain that we can experience. Just as I didn't prior to being diagnosed I am now ashamed to say, even though I worked with older people having both OA and RD. So we need to cut our friends and family some slack I think...exactly how much did we really understand about RD prior to our own diagnosis.
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